Miniature silver drawing compass

  • An uncommon and delightful little late-Victorian drawing compass in sterling silver. Wearable on a chain, it would make a lovely gift for an architect or engineer. Each leg is extendable, and one is capable of taking a pencil lead for drawing. There are no hallmarks, but the bail is marked “patent 2279”, though we have not been able to locate the original patent holder.

  • England, Late 19th century. Working pair of compasses (67mm long when fully extended) in sterling silver, engraved with non-exact ruler lines and decorative motif. The integral bail is marked “patent 2279”. Light wear and some shallow dents commensurate with use. One of the legs is slightly more difficult to extend than the other. Very good condition.

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